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The Great Uprising of the North--An Anniversary Picture--April 12, 1862.
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a continuing series of online features explores the Senate's wartime experience.
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December 13, 1836

Asbury Dickins began a 25 year career as the fourth secretary of the Senate. Dickins' tenure coincided neatly with the Senate's so-called Golden Age, a period that brought to the chamber a group of talented legislators and powerful orators.

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Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015

11:00 a.m.: Convene and begin a period of morning business.

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Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015

The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 7:06 p.m. No record votes were taken.

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Established by the Constitution as one chamber of the federal government’s legislative branch, the United States Senate is comprised of one hundred members—two senators from each of the 50 states—who serve six-year, overlapping terms. Senators, along with members of the House of Representatives, propose, author, and vote on federal legislation that touches upon all aspects of U.S. domestic and foreign policy. Senators provide advice and consent on executive nominations and treaties and conduct oversight of all branches of the federal government.

Postcard of the U.S. Senate Chamber Postcard circa 1880. U.S. Senate Historical Office

Administrations come and go, Houses assemble and disperse, Senators change, but the Senate is always there in the Capitol, and always organized, with an existence unbroken since 1789.

Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, “The Senate,” 1903

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